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daveyg
Capture SWF files
on Mar 1, 2006 at 3:30:49 pm

Is it possible to save swf files from a web page to view later. Lets say I want to download a training session from adobe, they are swf, from the adobe.com site. HOw can I do that for free.


Also, does anyone have any old training videos for flash that they might be looking to donate. I just got it and want to learn it. Thanks


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GeoffT
Re: Capture SWF files
on Mar 1, 2006 at 9:32:20 pm

Not 100% sure of the answer to first question, but I'm pretty sure you cannot save them. That's one of the beauties of Flash - your work is secure (although I'd like to hear what the experts have to say).

As for free training, http://www.gotoandlearn.com is great (no need to self-promote, Lee. Got ya covered). And if you have some money to spend, http://www.lynda.com. Otherwise, search the web and you'll find loads of tutorials.



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lajoiet
Re: Capture SWF files
on Mar 2, 2006 at 11:34:19 am

You can save the SWFs for viewing later it can just sometimes be difficult to find them. Locate the Cache folder for your browser.

(If you're on Windows, there is usually a "Documents And Settings" folder. Inside that are several folders, one for each user ID on the computer, Inside the ID that you are using are several of the user specific folders, Cache files are USUALLY kept in "Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files" if you're using IE, I use Opera, so it's Cache folder is under Appliction Data, in an Opera Folder under Profile. You will similarly find Firefoxe's Cache in a Mozilla folder.)

The easy way to do this is to delete EVERYTHING in there (there can be thousands and thousands of files!!) and then go strait to the page that has the SWF you want to save. While it's playing, look in the Cache folder again and you will have just the files in there from that page. The SWF file or files that are running would be there, with the SWF extension. Just move them to another folder and they're yours to watch whenever you want. Just don't go re-posting them to the web without the original owner's permission!!!!

As for training, other than gotoAndLearn.com and Lynda.com, Check out http://www.actionscript.org (a bit dated, but some good concepts and techniques none the less) http://www.blog.lessrain.com, http://www.sonify.org, http://www.theflashblog.com or under google search for Macromedia Flash Tutorials and you'll find about a thousand sites.

>Todd
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GeoffT
Re: Capture SWF files
on Mar 2, 2006 at 4:04:45 pm

Aha! Didn't think of the cache. Is there any way to "no-cache" an swf? That would probably make for a slow-running Flash movie, I'm guessing...



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lajoiet
Re: Capture SWF files
on Mar 2, 2006 at 4:41:28 pm

Not that I'm aware of. Because of the interactive nature of the SWFs, if they weren't cached it would have to load data as it requested it, which would cause lags any time things got slightly interactive which wouldn't make for great gaming experiences to say the least, let alone the pauses and delays any time you clicked on a navigation button or something else that interupted a linear timline type of animation.

You can do it with FLVs, doing true streaming instead of progressive downloads (for progressive FLV files you can get them from your cache folder in the same way, jsut sometimes they will dissapear as soon as they are done playing) if you use Macromedia's Communication server, but that's $$$$ and only works for the FLV data, not SWF.

>Todd
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Carin Smith
Re: Capture SWF files
on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:51:06 am

It is quite possible to save flash using Infine Capture Flash. It can easily capture flash files from all open webpages and temporary Internet files, and save them to disk.




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